Community Calendar – January 2024

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Ongoing
Reading tutors needed for AIMS
Reading Partners is a national education nonprofit that mobilizes communities to provide students with proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level. Community-based volunteers are trained to use our accessible curriculum while building a one-on-one relationship with their student(s). We work exclusively with students of elementary age, kindergarten through 5th grade. We are presently serving students of the American Indian Youth Enrichment program, an after-school initiative hosted between 3:30-4:30pm Mondays and Wednesdays in the American Indian Magnet School in Dayton’s Bluff, Saint Paul. If you would like to be a tutor contact: kalju.maegi@readingpartners.org or lara.posner@readingpartners.org.

Ongoing
Call for Native Artists
Native American artists, performers, and culture bearers looking to exhibit, enhance, or share their artistic talents and cultural knowledge are invited to apply to the Cultural Programs offered through THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® at the Crazy Horse Memorial in S.D. Programs include: Artist in Residence, Gift from Mother Earth Art Show and Sale, Talking Circle Speaker Series, Living Treasures Indian Arts Cultural Exchange, and Daily Cultural Performances. For info, see: https://crazyhorsememorial.org/the-museums/cultural-programs-opportunities or call 605-673-4681, ext. 286.

Thru Jan 13
Aabijijiwan Ukeyat yanalleh Exhibit
Aabijijiwan Ukeyat yanalleh is a collaborative exhibition from artists Karen Goulet (Ojibwe) and Monique Verdin (Houma). Karen and Monique are sisters of the same river, connected by the planetary lifeforce known as the Misi-ziibi (Big River, Ojibwe) near the headwaters in the north and remembered as Misha sipokni (Older than Time, Chata) in the coastal territories of the southern Delta. All My Relations Arts, 1414 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, see: https://nacdi.org/events/aabijijiwan-ukeyat-yanalleh-opening-reception.

Thru Jan 14­
In Our Hands: Native Photography, 1890 to Now
Enter into the vivid worlds of Native photography, as framed by generations of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and Native American photographers themselves. Presenting over 150 photographs of, by, and for Indigenous people, “In Our Hands” welcomes all to see through the lens held by Native photographers. Organized by a council of primarily Native artists, scholars, and knowledge sharers, in partnership with Mia curators, this sweeping exhibition traces the intersecting histories of photography and diverse Indigenous cultures from the Rio Grande to the Arctic Circle. These artworks celebrate the legacy of groundbreaking photographers and their influence on the medium today. General Admission $20; Contributor Member+ Free (additional tickets $16); Youth 17 and under free. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave S, Minneapolis. For info, see: https://new.artsmia.org/exhibition/in-our-hands-native-photography-1890-to-now.

Thru March ‘24
The Lyrical Artwork of Jim Denomie
The Minneapolis Institute of Art will survey Jim Denomie’s expansive artistic career in The Lyrical Artwork of Jim Denomie. This exhibition surveys the artist’s singular vision and signature style over the second half of the artist’s career, from 2007 to 2022. Jim Denomie (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe, 1955–2022) drew inspiration from lived experiences, pop culture, Anishinaabe traditions, and American histories to tell compelling narratives that depict his experiences of being Native in America. The exhibition examines Denomie’s creative process, tracing his ability to transform inspiration into monumental artworks. Free. MIA, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis. For more info, see: https://new.artsmia.org/exhibition/the-lyrical-artwork-of-jim-denomie.

Thru Oct 2025
Reframing Our Stories
Witness the resilience and strength of Minnesota’s Native communities through stories reframed by their own words, experiences, and perspectives. From a decades-old box of photographs simply labeled “Indians,” came the idea for a powerful new exhibit. Inside the box were dozens of pictures of Native community members, organizations, activities, and events that are relevant today. Now in the hands of Indigenous community members, those photos have new meaning. As part of the Our Home: Native Minnesota exhibit, Reframing Our Stories showcases the strength and resilience of Native people and inspires audiences to learn about the past, present, and future of these communities. Native community members get in free. Minnesota Historical Society, 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul. For info, see:  https://www.mnhs.org/historycenter/activities/museum/our-home/reframing-our-stories.

Jan 6
American Indians & the American Dream
History Forum In-Person: American Indians & the American Dream presents Kasey Keeler. In her groundbreaking history of the urbanization and suburbanization of Native communities in Minnesota, Kasey Keeler shows how American Indians have navigated the intersection of federal Indian policy and federal housing policy to access homeownership, particularly in the suburbs. From the Homestead Act of 1862 to the housing bubble of the early 2000s and today’s Wall of Forgotten Natives, Keeler offers new ways to think about histories of place and placemaking for American Indians here in Minnesota and highlights the contradictions and limits of the ever-alluring “American Dream.” Keeler (Tuolumne Me-Wuk and Potawatomi) is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a joint appointment in the Department of Civil Society & Community Studies and the American Indian & Indigenous Studies Program. She is author of American Indians and the American Dream: Policies, Place, and Property in Minnesota. She received her PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. 10am and 2pm. $16. MHS, 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul. For info, see: https://cart.mnhs.org/86745/86752

Jan 7
Okizi (To Heal) Call for Artists
All My Relations Arts invites artists to participate in the group exhibition, Okizi (To Heal). All American Indian artists are welcome to apply. All works must be original and can be 2D, 3D, video, or performance. Okizi (To Heal) is a partner exhibition with the American Swedish Institute in response to their upcoming traveling exhibition, Arctic Highways: Unbound Indigenous People. A common theme of these dual exhibitions as the meeting of two Indigenous peoples is the healing impacts of cultural revitalization. While efforts were made to separate Native peoples from their spirituality, language, and cultural knowledge and traditions, Okizi (To Heal) will highlight the revitalization efforts that reconnect this generation and future generations to our language, land, and culture as a means of healing from historical and generational trauma. Deadline is Jan 7, 2024. For info, see: https://allmyrelationsarts.org/opportunities/calls/okizi-to-heal-call-for-artists.

Jan 8 thru Feb 26
Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) Language Table
Due to its popularity, we will host our free Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) Language Table virtually via Zoom on Mondays. This Ojibwe Language Table is open for anyone interested in learning and practicing the Ojibwe language together. Participants are asked to commit to an 10-week session of weekly meetings January 8 and going thru February 26. There are two sessions: Beginner session starts at 5pm, and Intermediate session starts at 6:20pm. All are welcome to attend whichever session you are interested in. All of our weekly exercises and practice is geared towards building our confidence and ability to converse together in the language. AICHO’s language table facilitator is Ricky DeFoe, Fond du Lac Ojibwe tribal member and language instructor. Our language table helper is Dené Sinclair, Peguis Band Member from Manitoba, Canada and Anishinaabemowin language learner. To register, go to: https://forms.gle/7Qo4j4xfy3j4Sj2b9.

Jan 10
Joseph Sutherland
Come enjoy an evening of tales, teachings and more from Ogimaawab (Joseph Sutherland) as he tells Naanaboozho stories, and shares his knowledge of the Anishinaabe. Sutherland, a member 0f the Nishinawbe Aski First Nation, functions as a committed Anishinaabe Language and Cultural Teacher. His dedication to cultural education plays a pivotal role in preserving and enhancing the Anishinaabe heritage substantially. Additionally, he shares insights into the indigenous perception of the night sky. 1pm – 2pm. Bois Forte Heritage Center, 1500 Bois Forte Rd. Tower, MN. For info, see: https://allevents.in/nett%20lake/anishinaabe-storytelling-with-joseph-sutherland/200025944053027.

Jan 11
Gigibaaga’adowewin – Carrying the Stickgame with us
Join the Fond du Lac Language Program and FDLTCC for baaga’adowewin (traditional stick lacrosse) Thursdays this winter from 5pm – 7pm. FDLTCC Gym time is 5pm to 8pm. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, 2101 14th St, Cloquet. For info, email taylor.warnes@fdltcc.edu or see: https://fdltcc.edu/event/gigibaagaadowewin-carrying-the-stickgame-with-us/2024-01-11.

Jan 12-13
13 Moons Gichi Manidoo Giizis Powwow
Join us for the annual Gichi-Manidoo Giizis Powwow, hosted by 13 Moons. Friday: 7pm – 8:30pm. Saturday: Registration 10am, Grand Entry 1pm and 7pm , 5pm Feast. MCs: Les Gibbs Ojibwemowin and Alex Bagwajinini Kmett. AD: Terry Good Sky. SA: Ricky Defoe. Host Drum: Hoka-Hey Singers. Co-host Drum: Cedar Creek Singers. Black Bear Casino Resort, 1785 Highway 210, Carlton. For info, see: https://fdltcc.edu/event/13-moons-gichi-manidoo-giizis-pow-wow-2024.

Jan 13
Corey Medina & Brothers with Annie Humphrey
The Cedar presents the return of blues-tinged rock and roll powerhouses, COREY MEDINA & BROTHERS. Corey Medina is a Native American Blues Artist from Shiprock, NM. He moved to Northern Minnesota in 2012 and collaborated with Incepticons Entertainment. Corey released his debut album “Old Dog Crying” in May of 2015. Annie Humphrey, an Anishinaabe singer/songwriter from the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, will also perform. This is a seated show with general admission, first-come-first-served seating. General Admission tickets are available online.Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm. $24 Advance, $29 Day of Show. Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis. For info, see: https://www.thecedararchive.org/listing-2/2024/1/13/corey-medina-amp-brothers-with-tbd-special-guest.

Jan 18
Teresa Peterson and Diane Wilson
PERENNIAL CEREMONY event at Birchbark Books with Teresa Peterson and Diane Wilson. Peterson will join Birchbark Books for a discussion of her forthcoming book Perennial Ceremony: Lessons and Gifts from a Dakota Garden in conversation with Diane Wilson. In this rich collection of prose, poetry, and recipes, Peterson shares how she found refuge from the struggle to reconcile her Christianity and Dakota spirituality, discovering solace and ceremony in communing with the earth. Perennial Ceremony brings us into this relationship, as Peterson guides us through the Dakota seasons to impart lessons from her life as a gardener, gatherer, and lover of the land. 6:30 PM to 8:30pm. Birchbark Books, 2115 W 21st St, Minneapolis. For info, see: https://birchbarkbooks.com.

Jan 19 (deadline)
ArtsHERE: New Grant Initiative
ArtsHERE: A New Grant Initiative from National Endowment for the Arts is now Accepting Statements of Interest. These grants range from $65,000 to $130,000 and support projects focused on equity, community engagement, and increasing arts access. 501(c3) organizations and federally recognized tribes just need to submit a simple statement of interest by Jan.19, 2024. ArtsHERE supports organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to equity within their practices and programming and have undertaken consistent engagement with underserved groups/communities. Grants are for specific projects that will strengthen the organization’s capacity to sustain meaningful community engagement and increase arts participation for underserved groups/communities. To learn more, see: ArtsHERE.org.

Jan 24
2nd Annual NWICDC College Fair
Join at our 2nd Annual College Fair from 10am to 1pm. This event will take place at NorthWest Indian Community Development Center in the Large Gathering Room. Northwest Indian Community Development Center, 1819 Bemidji Ave N, Bemidji, MN 56601-3836, United States,Bemidji. For info, see: https://allevents.in/bemidji/northwest-indian-community-development-center-college-fair/200025881633251.

Jan 27 – May 26
Moments of Memory Exhibit
Plein air painting is the art of capturing outdoor scenes from life. Named from the French for “open air,” this form of painting from life moves artists out of the studio to study real landscapes, focusing on how light and shadow interact with things in particular places. The result is a snapshot of a moment in time, one that might be remembered, but never repeated. Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul. For info, see: https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/moments-of-memory-minnesota-landscapes-painted-from-life.

Jan 31 (deadline)
MN BIPOC Emerging Writer Award
Blue Earth Review is looking for works by BIPOC, of flash fiction, essay, memoir, and short poetry that offer insight, and that enrich our understanding of what it means to be human. Submissions close Jan. 31. There is no submission fee. One submission per participant is allowed. Eligible participants must self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color (BIPOC) and have a history of producing artistic work. Winners will be paid $1000 by our affiliated institution, Minnesota State University–Mankato. Payment will be received on or after publication of the featured magazine. For info, see: https://blueearthreview.mnsu.edu/contests/mn-bipoc-award-guidelines.

Feb 2-4
5th Annual Ojibwe Language Symposium
The Ojibwe Language Symposium is a family oriented, collaborative, community event where language holders and learners come together. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, 2101 14th St, Cloquet. For info, see: https://fdltcc.edu/event/ojibwe-language-symposium-5th-annual.

Mar 20
IHB Elders Brain Health Day
The Indian Health Board will hold a Elders’ Brain Health Day. Brain health refers to your thinking, understanding, processing, and memory abilities. It also can refer to the things you to do keep your brain healthy and active, like staying physically active and following a healthy diet Held at the East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center, 2307 S 17th Ave, Minneapolis. For info, see: https://www.indianhealthboard.com.